UNICEF condemns attack on schoolgirl in Pakistan and calls on all parties to respect children’s rights
Kathmandu, October 10 2012 – UNICEF strongly condemns the attack on Malala Yousafzai, a 14 year old girl from Swat, who was shot with two other children as she was leaving school by bus yesterday. UNICEF is extremely concerned for the well-being of Malala and her school companions who were injured in the same incident.
Malala spoke courageously in favour of children rights – especially girls’ education – in Pakistan. In December 2011, she was presented with the first National Peace Award by the Pakistani government.
UNICEF calls on all parties to respect all children’s rights, including education in a safe and protective environment. With 20 million children already out of school in Pakistan, it is critical that quality education reaches all children, particularly the most vulnerable and disadvantaged.